World Christian Encyclopedia Online

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Authors: Todd M. Johnson and Gina A. Zurlo

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This in the online version of the 3rd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia, which documents the changing status of World Christianity over the past 120 years from historical and social scientific perspectives. It records the continued shift of Christianity to the Global South and contains estimates for religious and nonreligious affiliation in every country of the world, including detail on Christianity to the denominational level. This reference work features comprehensive descriptions of all Christian traditions, including current information on the uniqueness of Christian experiences around the world.

The online version is fully text searchable, contains cross references and additional photo material.

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Ratcha Anachak Thai (The Kingdom of Thailand) Demographics (United Nations) Population 69,411,000 Area 510,000 sq. km (200,000 sq. mi) Population density 140/sq. km (350/sq. mi) Growth rate p.a. 0.22% (per 1,000: births 9, deaths 9) Under 15 years 16% Urban dwellers 51% (1.43% p.a.) Largest cities Bangkok 10,539,000; Chon Buri 1,399,000; Samut Prakan 1,307,000; Chiang Mai 1,167,000; Songkhla 967,000; plus 23 over 300,000 Languages & peoples (World Christian Database) Mother tongues 41% Thai, 26% Northeastern Thai, 11% Northern Thai, 8% Southern Thai, 5% Pattani Mal…

The world as a 100 Christians

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What would it look like if 100 Christians represented all of World Christianity? Thinking geographically, 67 would live in Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania, while 33 would live in Europe or Northern America. Most would be found in urban areas (65) as opposed to rural (35). Linguistically, 16 would speak Spanish as their mother tongue, 10 English, 8 Portuguese, 5 Russian and 3 Mandarin Chinese. Most (64) would be between the ages of 15–64, while 26 would be under 15. Eleven Christians would…


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Repúblika Demokrátika Timor Lorosa’e (The Democratic Republic of East Timor) Demographics (United Nations) Population 1,381,000 Area 15,000 sq. km (5,700 sq. mi) Population density 93/sq. km (240/sq. mi) Growth rate p.a. 2.17% (per 1,000: births 33, deaths 5) Under 15 years 43% Urban dwellers 31% (3.31% p.a.) Capital city Dili 260,000 Languages & peoples (World Christian Database) Mother tongues 31% Tetun, 12% Mambae, 9% Makasae, 7% Baikeno, 6% Tetun Dili, plus 17 others Peoples 31% Eastern Tetum (Belu); 12% Mambai (Damata); 9% Makasai (Macassai); 7% Timorese (Vaikino…